For the last decade, the Scottish government has been focussing on improving the quality and sustainability of food that is produced, purchased and consumed in Scotland. The most recent iteration of this policy can be found in the ‘Good Food Nation’ report, which promotes the idea that social equality means access to good food and nutrition in schools, hospitals, prisons and in universities and colleges which act as role models for sustainable public catering. Better Eating, Better Learning (March 2014) sets the agenda for the coming decade to drive further improvements to both school food and food education in Scotland and places school food in a strategic context within local authorities and schools.
These policies are accompanied by a strong legal framework, which has been introduced in the Scottish parliament over the last few years. The Procurement Reform (Scotland) Bill, for example, was introduced to the Scottish Parliament on 3 October 2013. It lays out a national national legislative framework for sustainable public procurement, placing a duty on relevant contracting authorities to comply. The Bill aims to support local economic growth by delivering social and environmental benefits, supporting innovation and promoting transparent, streamlined and equitable procurement processes.